This Black Blockchain Engineer Just Raised $3.3M Seed Round For Mueshi, Her Fine Art NFT Marketplace
Ariana Waller — known as Ariana The Techie — is a Miami-based blockchain engineer and the owner and founder of Mueshi, Inc. The company launched to be a marketplace where users will be able to buy, sell, and fractionally invest in fine art NFTs.
The 26-year-old has just raised a $3.3 million seed round for Mueshi led by Harlem Capital to establish its place in the industry. Presight VC, CapitalT VC, music luminary and investor, Ted Lucas, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Black Venture Capital Consortium, and a cohort of additional strategic angel investors also participated.
“I was always inspired by Harlem Capital and their work in the finance industry. I took the owner’s picture and put it on my vision board, saying I wanted to be just like them. So, the fact that they are my investors is insane,” Ariana told Afrotech.
Mueshi has plans to have its marketplace available to consumers on the Ethereum and Solana blockchains later this year.
“This is the perfect time to launch. There is a huge gap between the traditional art world and this new medium of NFTs. We are an artist first company and want to establish specific methods on how we continue to support and uplift artists,” Ariana shared.
She first launched Mueshi back in 2021 after listening to one of JayZ’s albums.
The US-based startup founder is also passionate about encouraging more women to consider a career in web3. Her message to women is: “We need you in this space”. To female founders already in web3, she said: “You may be the only one but soon there will be many more women building, investing, and creating in this space.
“Someone needs to hear your specific journey, your specific voice to be inspired to be in this space.